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Round Hill Plans This section includes details about planning policy, issues and particular applications affecting the Round Hill area. Use the site directory (scroll down to the heading "Planning") to research specific properties.

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Can residents influence the scale of planning?

Background Stories showing successes & failures (depending on your point of view)

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New Draft City Plan Part Two [PDF]

The Brighton & Hove City Plan Part One was adopted in March 2016.

The draft City Plan Part Two (CPP2) July 2018 is currently out. The 10 week period of consultation ended on 13th September 2018. More information can be found on the City Plan Part Two webpage.

Download the City Plan Part Two in PDF form.

Brighton and Hove City Plan Part One [PDF] was adopted by Brighton & Hove City Council on 24th March 2016.

Download the Old Town Conservation Area Management Plan

Taking part in the planning process


Click here for for full summaryof the quick links below:

If a planning application is refused by The Local Authority, the applicant has 'the right of appeal' to the government's planning inspectorate. There is no 'right of appeal' for residents objecting to a planning application which is approved by The Local Authority. However, the Local Authority is expected to be fair.

The planning system does provide a The Local Government Ombudsman who is available to address procedural abuse by local authorities. This provides a safeguard which does not involve the expense and compllcation of the judicial process. Before taking this route, note that complaints must relate to the decision-making process. Disagreement with a planning decision does not provide a ground for complaint if the decision has been properly made. See planninghelp.cpre.org.uk for more information on

  1. writing to your MP and the Local Government Ombudsman and
  2. how to challenge a planning decision


Object to application BH2018/00433

The property to rear of 28 Crescent Road was "sold prior to auction in October 2017" for £610,000. The purchaser was AMF (Crescent Road) Ltd - a company formed for this development.

There is already permission to develop this strip of green.

BH2016/00862 Crescent Road scheme approved

green open space












but now the new developer (who has purchased "the site + permission") has made a new planning application BH2018/00433: | Variation of condition 1 of application BH2016/00862 (Part demolition and conversion of existing commercial buildings and erection of two new buildings to provide 4no two bedroom houses (C3) with associated landscaping.) to allow amendments to approved drawings. |

The effect of BH2018/00433 would be to cram more in to increase profit margins at the expense of the amenity and privacy of many existing residents.  See sample objections which illustrate how unreasonable it would be to rob a large number of your neighbours of even further amenity to increase profit margins. One resident bullet points:

  • bedrooms are to be increased by 50%, from 8 to 12 in total,
  • some windows and doors are to be moved.
  • The roof over 28E appears to have lost its sedum, its photovoitaic panels and rooflight.
  • An additional bedroom has been added to 28D but this reduces the size of the existing bedroom. And all this without proper explanation!
  • Rooflights seem have been moved too from 28D.
  • The wheelchair accessible WC in 28B is now morphed into a bathroom.
  • Refuse bin sheds are to be removed from a previously agreed site back to the boundary wall of houses in Belton Road with all the nuisance and offence that that would entail.
  • And will the increase in the numbers of bedrooms mean an increase in the numbers of residents andwill there be a comcomittant increase in the amount of vehicle spaces required in the surrounding roads for motorists living in this car-free site?! !

The clearance pictured below has already happenened on the open space before planning application (BH2018/00433) has come before the planning committee.  The development which has permission is specified in the approvals for planning applications  BH2016/00862  and BH2017/03844

You may need neighbours' support when proposals are made to overdevelop greenspace near you.

Spare the 37 residents impacted by development to the rear of 28A Crescent Road Brighton BN2 3RP from further cramming.

green open space












Object to planning application BH2018/00433

Click HERE to access COMMENTS TAB & new proposal on the Council's website.

Before commenting yourself, you may access existing comments from the DOCUMENTS TAB (scroll down) for application BH2018/00433

STOP PRESS: at their meeting on 6th March, the Council's Conservation Advisory Group has recommended REFUSAL. The planning committee will note this advice, but is not obliged to follow it.

This application was introduced by Jeremy Mustoe representing the Brighton Society:The Group recommends REFUSAL. Whilst noting the lack of information in this application the Group considers the proposal an increased overdevelopment which will harm the character of the Round Hill Conservation Area.

Application to remove car-free condition

Land At Rear of 67 to 81 Princes Road Brighton

A new application BH2018/00881 for the Carelet site (from a new applicant: Navichas) proposes to remove condition 8 of application BH2017/00175 which would allow occupants to be eligible for residents' parking permits.

Car Free Housing policies SPD 14 October 2016
see pages 6 & 7 of The Council's October 2016 parking standards and note the proximity of Lewes Road, Ditchling Road and London Road Station.

Areas within the Key Public Transport Corridors zone are predominantly of a residential nature with retail and commercial frontages on certain roads. This area is well served by local bus services and some suburban railway stations such as London Road and Aldrington.

See also History of Carelet applications - including parking pressure as a reason for dismissing three appeals against refusal.

The approved development is for 5 three storey and 1 two-storey house. A development of this size could mean much more competition for scarce parking places in the vicinity. Allowing this would also create a precedent for removing other car-free conditions (e.g. 28 Crescent Road) so that demand for on-street parking reasonably near homes would greatly exceed supply.

Application BH2018/00881 further proposes to vary condition 10 ensuring that the appearance of the gatehouse door is in keeping with the conservation areaand condition 20 that the development shall not be occupied until the refuse and recycling storage facilities indicated on the approved plans have been fully implemented and made available for use.

It is important that there are proper onsite facilities available to occupants so that their refuse and recycling does not spill over into the street.

View and comment on Application BH2018/00881


Policies protecting conservation areas

Fern Villa 1879
picture taken from Tenantry Down near Brighton Race Course



Land to the rear of 101 Roundhill Crescent

101 Round Hill Crescent



















UPDATE: an agreement involving purchase of a strip of land adjoining No. 4 D'Aubigny Road looks as if it will prevent future applications to create a new end-of-terrace house. Hopefully, this will settle this long-running planning dispute and the long view will remain intact.

Click here to see the Council's reasons for refusing BH2016/00752

Click here to see the Appeal Decision on BH2016/00752 | Erection of 1no three bedroom dwelling (C3) incorporating alterations to boundary wall and external alterations to existing building including repair works, alterations to fenestration and associated works.

Click here to see the Council's reasons for refusing BH2015/02786. Go to page 100 of the document headed ITEM C.


Hollingdean Road: 84-apartment scheme
'Studentification' OR 'fulfilling a need' ?

The location of this proposed scheme is very close to residents at the east end of Richmond Road and the north end of D'Aubigny Road. The site is on the far side of the service road from the mouth of Hughes Road into Sainsbury. Residents will recall a 138-room scheme on the near side of the same service road which would have involved the demolition of Richmond House.

CKC Properties Ltd are involved in several major schemes locally to provide purpose-built accommodation for students: e.g. Pelham Terrace, £42m conversion of the Lectern Pub on Lewes Road and the University of Brighton's £150m plans for Preston Barracks

On Saturday 20th May 2017, CKC Properties Ltd revealed plans for 84 student apartments on site of Gerry Ingram, the former motor-cycle shop at 47 Hollingdean Road.
























The Round Hill Society is grateful both to Chris Morley and Cllr Louisa Greenbaum for speaking against the application on behalf of the many residents affected by it.


Save The Signalman Pub Garden Part Two!











See the entry for The Signalman Pub on Brighton and Hove City Council's Local List of Heritage Assets.

The first application has now been WITHDRAWN: link to Save "The Signalman Garden" Facebook Campaign Site (Celebration?)

However, there remains a need to object to a second application -BH2017/00920: Replacement of existing rear window with door and creation of external staircase - which if successful could pave the way for another scheme to build on the current site of the pub garden, since an alternative location for the garden would then be possible. Please add your own objection to BH2017/00920 by clicking here and selecting the COMMENTS tab. You can also read the objections (to date) under the DOCUMENTS tab.

Following circa 200 objections, the unneighbourly proposal to cram in 3no two bedroom dwellings to the current end-of-terrace at the NE end of Shaftesbury Road has now been WITHDRAWN. The scheme failed to consider:

  • 1) the value of the pub garden to community
  • 2) the architectural worth & relationship between The Signalman Public House (former Railway Hotel) and London Road Brighton Station - each of which are included on The City's list of Heritage Assets
  • 3) the amenity (overlooking, loss of light/privacy) of neighbouring and opposite buildings in Shaftesbury Road.

Slow worm challenge to developer's plans

Trees were cleared prematurely opposite platform 1 of London Road Station in February 2017 to make way for construction of four houses.

It now appears that the survey claimed to exclude the presence of reptiles (e.g. slow-worm) was inadequate since it was performed at the wrong time of year.  The county ecologist advises that the presence of reptiles is likely and local residents say that they have seen slow-worm.

Springfield Road
It is a great pity that the drive to meet housing targets now affords so little protection to the public amenity value of any open space which happens to have its footprint on privately owned land. The Council's open space surveys (the most recent was renamed future of our parks consultation!) only seem to want us to comment on the amenity value of public open spaces, of which Round Hill has none! The above (within the context of the Preston Park conservation area as well as a railway station which has been added to the city's list of heritage assets) should concern anybody who assumes that our own neighbourhood's 'green ribbons' are untouchable.



The Round Hill Society gets things done...

Vehicle access to & from Upper Lewes Road

...with help from the Council & residents who report problems!

This has now been solved. Thank you to all who played a part. We are aware that there are road safety concerns which have been raised which will need both more funding and community/political will if they are to be solved.

Update on 2 Ashdown Road
History of the rear yard plot / garden at 2 Ashton Road

The rear garden was converted into a work yard with a series of home built garages over thirty years. Prior to the 2010 planning permission, the site was let by the then developer to Raj Motors whose second-hand car sales business spilled over into the densely parked Ashdown Road. Raj Motors moved on after being served with an enforcement order by Brighton and Hove City Council. There was then an application (BH2008/02170) to divide the house at 2 Ashdown Road into three self-contained flats and in addition to build two new houses on space vacated after the demolition of the garages.

Bored with Estate/Letting Agents' boards?
"why is there one set of conservation rules for Round Hill residents, while estate/letting agents are permitted to erect eye-catching boards which are totally out of keeping with the character & appearance of our conservation area?"












London Road Station - a heritage asset click here or on picture below to read why! London Road Station
But permission to build extended until 2017
London Road Station open space to remain at risk

Sainsbury application refused (Oct 2012)
D'Aubigny Road residents are spared further noise
noise nuisance
Sainsbury application to double delivery yard activity at their Lewes Road branch on Sundays and Bank Holidays was refused on 5th October 2012.

The Council decided that the increase in the delivery hours and the increase in the number of delivery vehicles would have an unacceptable detrimental impact on the amenity of residents of nearby properties contrary to policies QD27 and SU10 of the issue decision notice.

Those affected live on the east side of D'Aubigny Road. Their rear gardens back onto the supermarket's busy delivery yard. They have been engaged in a long struggle to claim a little garden leisure-time uninterrupted by unreasonable amounts on Sundays and Bank Holidays.



This page was last updated by Ted on 24-Sep-2018
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